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Utah Outpouring For Lori Hacking

Thelma Soares, mother of Lori Hacking, center, is surrounded by her family as she leaves a Latter Day Saints church in Orem, Utah, Aug. 14, 2004, following a memorial service for her daughter. Mark Hacking is accused of killing Lori, his wife, while she slept and dumping her body in a trash bin.
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Family and friends of Lori Hacking gathered Saturday for a memorial service to remember the woman who authorities believe was slain by her husband while she slept.

About 600 people attended the service, including the parents of both Lori Hacking and her husband, Mark, who has been charged with her murder.

Lori Hacking, 27, has been missing since July 19. Authorities have been searching a landfill for her remains.

Scott Dunaway, president of the LDS Windsor Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Orem, noted the outpouring of concern for the Hacking family as the disappearance drew national attention.

"She has become a daughter, a sister and a granddaughter to so many people," Dunaway said.

The service included a display of Hacking's wedding dress, a poster-sized photograph of her and a plastic bucket used to gather donations for the search efforts that followed early reports of her disappearance.

Her brother, Paul Soares, recalled growing up with Lori. "We never worried about her dating the wrong kind of guy," he said. "I've thought about this over the last couple of days."

Mark Hacking, 28, reported his wife missing July 19. He said she had gone jogging and never showed up for work. That night police found him naked outside a hotel, and he was taken to a psychiatric hospital.

Mark Hacking's two brothers talked with him at the hospital and later told police he confessed to killing his wife while she slept and dumping her body in a trash bin.

The search continues for Lori Hacking's body, which according to police, is believed to be in the Salt Lake County landfill.